The latest statistics on company size, employment and turnover show a rising number of companies with no employees, mirroring the rise in self employment.
Earlier this year NPI released a short report looking at how the sizes of firms in the UK had changed between 2000 and 2014. The number of firms with zero employees had grown a lot, while the number of large and medium sized firms had only grown a little.
ONS and BIS released new statistics for 2015 last week. What they showed was, broadly, a continuation of those trends. The number of firms with zero employees grew again, and by more than other sized firms.